After tooth extraction, our dentist may recommend dental implants. A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root (typically made of titanium) that’s used to support a crown. Many of our patients appreciate dental implants because they look and function like natural teeth.
You Have Missing Teeth
If you have missing teeth, our dentist might recommend an implant to help you maintain good oral health. Otherwise, your lower jaw will start to deteriorate and eventually alter the shape of your face. The best time to get a tooth implant is immediately after extraction.
Your teeth are held in place by roots and adjacent teeth. This means that when you lose a tooth, nearby teeth are likely to tilt toward the open space, loosen, and eventually fall out. Fortunately, dental implants support nearby teeth so you can continue smiling with confidence.
A tooth implant will help prevent:
- Bone loss in jaw
- Facial collapse
- Further tooth loss
- Ill-fitting dentures
- Feeling self-conscious about your smile
You Qualify for a Dental Bridge
A bridge is comprised of an artificial tooth anchored by crowns on healthy adjacent teeth. In other words, a dental bridge “bridges” the gap left by a missing tooth. If you aren’t sure whether you qualify for a tooth implant, call our office to schedule a consultation with our dentist. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
In order to place a dental bridge, our dentist would have to remove healthy enamel from teeth on both sides of the gap. Once enamel is removed, it can never be replaced. Our dentist prefers implants over bridges because they let you keep as much natural tooth enamel as possible.
A tooth implant is sturdier than a bridge because it’s anchored to your jaw. This added stability helps you smile, talk, and eat with confidence. Dental implants are also long-lasting, which means you’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful healthy smile for years to come.
You Wear Full or Partial Dentures
Dentures don’t prevent jawbone deterioration because they sit on top of your gums. A tooth implant, on the other hand, will exert pressure your lower jawbone needs to stay healthy. If you don’t get a tooth implant, you will eventually lose jawbone tissue and experience facial collapse. Once the jawbone deteriorates, it’ll become harder to refit dentures so you can chew without pain.
Unlike dentures, dental implants never slip. This means that you can eat, talk, and smile like you did before tooth loss. While denture teeth have to be submerged in water or denture cleanser when they aren’t in your mouth, implants can be cared for like natural teeth.
Dr. Piotrowski DDS and his team can help you explore your tooth replacement options, including dental implants. To schedule your appointment with our Grand Rapids dentist, call Precision Family Dental at (616) 207-1280.